The METS Center services all phases in the development of the professional working in healthcare, but specializes in:
- Skills training with respect to Restricted and High-Risk Treatments, in accordance with the Vilans protocols;
- Resuscitation education, in accordance with the standards of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC);
- Simulation education, focused on non-technical skills (Crisis Resource Management), in accordance with the standards of the EuSim Group;
- Valid, reliable and truthful assessments, in accordance with CITO.
The METS Center does not just train end-users; we have also applied ourselves to programs that train healthcare professionals to become skills training and simulation education instructors (Train-the-Trainer concept). Healthcare professionals are capacitated to spread the expertise and experience learned at the METS Center within our own organizations. As a result, the METS Center has a regional, national and international function.
We work together with teachers and instructors, who are not just didactically schooled, but are often still active in the prehospital and clinically acute care.
The METS Center offers a wide variety of skills trainings regarding patients in acute critical condition, where a coherent structure is incorporated. Skills training ranges from specific skills to the integral package of skills within scenario training. The following types can be distinguished:
Specific skills training
The training is limited to one single action, for example administering an IV, intubation or defibrillation.
These training sessions focus on implementing a certain routine for a number of linked actions that ought to be performed in a certain order. Examples of this are the BLS protocol, with specific skills such chest compressions and ventilation, and the cardioversion protocol, with specific skills such as setting the defibrillator and registering the ECG.
Typical for scenario training is that people do not just need to carry out certain skills, but that they are also able to assess which actions a situation requires and in what order they should be carried out. The sequence of separate steps in skills training is not random, but must always follow a certain order, with increasing complexity.
Anyone working in the acute care has heard of the term “simulation education”, but there is not one fixed definition. At the METS Center, we define it as a form of education where knowledge, insight, skills and a professional attitude are integrated into training and are tested in a realistic context with a high degree of accuracy. This includes both technical and non-technical skills, such as communication and teamwork, mainly in patient-critical situations. It includes both the functioning of the individual and the team as an entity. The key words here are “integration”, “realistic context”, “non-technical skills” and “teamwork”.